Sometimes, someone just hands you a nugget of gold.
As there was no reason for me to rush out of work tonight, waiting on commitments not far from my office, I figured I’d do something I have decided to largely avoid; I searched the web for recent stories on climate change.
It led me to an article in Forbes by Tim Worstall, titled; Maybe Climate Change Just Really Isn’t A Problem After All?
Mr. Worstall opens brilliantly. He states he is genuinely enthusiastic about the science of climate change and okay with all that the scientists tell us and happy with the Stern Review’s conclusions. He just yearns for certainty over climate sensitivity; that’s it.
Effectively, Tim’s on a mission to create a god of gaps. But it gets better.
He refers to another columnist, Matt Ridley, whom has intelligently and simplistically demonstrated that a doubling of CO2 will lead to a warming of about 1.6°C – 1.7°C, based on trends over the industrial revolution thus far.
This is on par with brilliant conclusions that I have previously commented on by Ben Ho, whom largely stated that, because we have manage to deal with climate change so far, we can continue to match its rate of change into the future at low cost.
I’ll save my reader (for once) a lengthy post and just finish with the nugget that made me laugh;
“It’s too early to say that Ridley’s right: but it’s a great time to say that he might be onto a very serious and interesting point. One that we should be investigating a great deal more thoroughly.”
Of course, the climate science community have largely been twiddling their thumbs on the subject of climate sensitivity and a it likely a journalist will be remembered for solving the problem!
I’d like to draw Tim Worstall’s attention to the following graph;
As summed up at Skeptical Science here, or, if it suits you better, please refer to the actual scientific paper, Knutti and Hegerl (2008). In essence it shows that very many studies have been carried out by many experts in relevant fields, with at least 2°C+ of warming expected for a doubling of CO2.
If Worstall really did show the interest in the science that he claims to, I would not have this post to write.